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There are three main components to getting started on your Flight Training.
1a.. Obtaining a Medical Certificate. You will contact an FAA approved Medical Examiner to obtain at least a 3rd class medical. Here is a website to search for examiners in your area. Search by State and then scroll through the examiners to find options in your area. You need your medical before you can Solo an airplane. However, it's best to take care of this step sooner than later. https://www.faa.gov/pilots/amelocator/, Select Search for an Aviation Medical Examiner, Designee Type: AME, Location Search: Search by State and then scroll through the options. Here is an information guide to help you create your account.
1b. Once the exam is scheduled - you will now create an account on https://medxpress.faa.gov/medxpress/ , Create an account!
Take your time to review each of the screens and gather all the necessary information they are asking for. Once you hit submit, you will get a confirmation number. That is what you will have to call to give to the doctor about a week before your exam. The Dr. uses that number to access your medical information you submitted.
2. Take a Ground School to help you prepare for taking Private Pilot Airplane Written Exam. Many students prefer to do that with us so they can best comprehend the information. Others find it helpful to do an online ground school so they can watch videos at home in their available time. Contact us to discuss the best options for you for your FAA written test preparation!
3. Start your Flight Training with Take Flight Aviation!
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BECOME A PRIVATE PILOT?
The FAA requirements are for a minimum of 40 hours involving learning certain maneuvers to a certain standard. As part of your training you also complete some night flying with your instructor, some cross countries with your instructor and then solo, and also complete three take offs and landings at a towered airport.
However, the national average is 70 hours. How much money should you plan on spending for your Private Pilot? Anywhere between $8,000-12,000. It helps if you do complete the written before you start flight training, as well as if you fly 2-3 times a week once you do start the flight training portion. Ask us about financing options!
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